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  • Marine Family


    MCRD San Diego graduations are open to the public!
    Click below to visit the Depot's website to learn more.

  • Code Talkers Platoon

    Grad Photos and Grad Books

    The MCRD Museum Foundation maintains a collection of platoon photos, composite photos, and platoon books. 

  • Founding Fathers

    Our Mission

    Learn more about our mission to provide an educational setting for Marines & recruits, support the Command, and serve as a bridge to the local community.

  • Museum and Foundaton Programs

    Our Programs

    The MCRD Command Museum provides free programming to school groups and scouting groups which teach Core Values in a historic setting. We also serve active duty, veterans, and families through outreach programs that strengthen our local community.

  • MCRD Museum Docents

    Get Involved

    Help preserve and perpetuate Marine Corps history. Become a member, volunteer, or donate today. If you enjoy Marine Corps history, you will be forever moved by this experience!

  • Recruit Gear

    Show Your Pride

    Shop for your USMC gear here! All proceeds directly support the Museum and its programs for Marines and veterans.

a message from

     This message articulates where we, the Marine Corps Recruit Depot Museum Foundation Board, stand regarding human rights, racial equality, and social justice.

     This past Memorial Day, George Floyd was killed in Minneapolis.  A widely circulated video depicts how tragic and unjustifiable his death was.  His death marked the beginning of ongoing demonstrations and protests in nearly every major community of our country and overseas.  These protests concern not only George Floyd but represent and echo other examples of racial injustice.    

     It is fundamentally important that our Foundation avoids silence on matters of discrimination and bigotry, especially in light of recent events.  Racism is contrary to the purposes and goals of the Marine Corps Recruit Depot Museum Foundation.  The harm, anguish, and anger caused by this blight in our society is very real for many of our members and supporters.  We fully support the effort to eliminate the presence of this evil from our Nation.  

     The purposes of the Museum Foundation do not overtly address the major consequences of racism in our society.  Yet, our meaningful work positively impacts people of different races and ethnic backgrounds.  This occurs as we support and assist Marines, Sailors, military families, veterans, Gold Star Families, scouts, middle school students, high school students, and others in need.  We are in the business of helping others and we appreciate the nexus between our work and National security. 

     Our Foundation is an apolitical nonprofit organization that is welcoming to all — regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, and age.  We are diverse and working to increase this diversity while ensuring its presence in all areas of our Foundation.  Much of the Foundation’s work helps highlight and celebrate the diversity in the Marine Corps. 

     Our Foundation’s inclusiveness extends to members and veterans of every branch of the Armed Forces as well as civilians with no military experience.  Our Foundation members and supporters are valued equally and their respective lives offer many inspiring examples of responsible citizenship.  Our values and beliefs mirror those of the Marine Corps, especially in regards to the fundamental tenet of our Nation that all men — and women — are created equal. 

     Moving forward our Foundation will continue listening, learning, empathizing, communicating, and working together.  Our members will strive to set an example relative to human rights, social justice, and racial equality.  Our actions will ensure the Museum Foundation’s trajectory is one of ever-increasing improvement in who we are and how we help others and the Nation.


Board of Directors

Marine Corps Recruit Depot Museum Foundation  

museum education

MCRD Museum Education Program

The MCRD Museum offers free tours, classes, and curricula.  Staff can also travel to local schools and classrooms.  Explore our free programming...


research reference

MCRD Museum Reference Center

Photographs, maps, manuscripts, and more are in the MCRD Museum Reference Center. No cost!  Access by appointment.  Explore our Reference Center materials...


Get Base Access

In order for you to get on the base for museum events, we need to collect certain information in advance.

This form is only for those who are 18 and older and who do not already have base access. Those who may already have access include people who have active duty/reserve ID cards, 100% disabled ID cards, Dependent, Retired, or Retired Dependent ID cards,  DOD civilian employee ID, or VA health ID that says 'service connected' and has already been registered at MCRD's Pass and ID office (the VA cards registered at other bases don't apply).


support the regiment

Join the Support Regiment

The MCRD Museum Foundation depends upon membership fees, grants, and donations to conduct its business of supporting the MCRD Command Museum, the Marines and Sailors of MCRD, San Diego, and the Western Recruiting Region.


sponsors and donors

Sponsors & Donors

The MCRD Museum Foundation established a Sponsors and Donors Wall to honor and recognize Marines and organizations, especially those with a connection to MCRD San Diego, and recognizes donors and supporters at various levels of giving.


Our Impact

Over the past 8 years the MCRD Museum Foundation has contributed over 1 million dollars to the Command Museum. We've recently announced a number of new Museum programs and technological upgrades.


veteran outreach

Veteran Outreach & Increased
Community Engagement

VOICE is the MCRD Command Museum's latest program supported by the Foundation, which is aimed at bringing together Marines, veterans, and the community together at a familiar place, the Depot where Marines are born.